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September 21, 2014

The theme of Greater Lansing UNA's celebration of World Peace Day 2014 at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center was "Using Force for Peace: Celebrating UN Peacekeepers and Their Work." Advocacy Chair, Dr. David Wiley, planned an interesting, informative, and engaging afternoon of films and presentations, all designed to take an in-depth look at UN peacekeeping operations and the women and men who serve as UN Peacekeepers in the 16 current peacekeeping operations around the world.

Dr. Brett O'Bannon, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePauw University where he serves as Director of Conflict Studies provided the keynote address, "Understanding the Strengths & Weaknesses of UN Peacekeeping." 

Nedialko Kostov, Special Assistant to the Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in the United Nations Secretariat joined the celebration via Skype from New York to provide an informed discussion of peacekeeping.

Dr. David Wiley, Advocacy Chair for Greater Lansing UNA presented "UN Peacekeeping: Who, What, and Where? An Overview.

A number of other organizations co-sponsored the event: B'hai'l Faith Greater Lansing Area, Church & Society Committee of Haslett Community Church, Edgewood United Church Justice & Peace Task Force, Fellowship for Today Spiritual Center, Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice (GLNAWI), Islamic Center of East Lansing, LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education), Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, Michigan United Nations Association, MSU African Studies Center, MSU Peace & Justice Studies, Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, Niagara Foundation, Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, and Zonta Club of Michigan, Capitol Area.

Several local businesses donated food for the event: Chapelure, Hannah's Koney Island, Pizza House, Sindhu Indian Cuisine, Sultan's Tabooli's Mediterranean.

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